Thursday, July 27, 2006

Contrari-wise

Ki-woon loves to be fed. Loves, loves, loves it! Well, loves what he wants to eat. Not so enamoured of the peas and carrots we had with lunch yesterday. Today, though, he's a-trembling with glee at the approach of the bowl full of melon chunks that is this morning's snack. His chubby arms outstretched, his legs kicking against the footrest of the high chair. "Bring them on, Mary!!" If he weren't strapped down, he'd surely vibrate right out of the high chair. The first bowl vanishes, whoosh. Did he even chew? Don't think so. The second bowl is greeted with equal enthusiasm. Vanishes with equal dispatch. The third bowl approaches, the boy revs up yet again - arms, legs fluttering, child quivering in anticipation. It's a shame the way we starve the boy. Third bowl is placed on the tray of the chair amid screeches of enthusiasm that rend the air. And the eardrums. But wait. Seems that these melon chunks are defective. Either that or Ki-woon's evil twin has suddenly possessed his body. A grandiose swoop of two dimpled hands. "NO! No, no, NOOO!" Melons? How could you, Mary?? The bowl bounces across the room. Melon chunks scatter over the dining room floor. Think maybe he's done now? It's subtle, I know, but I am a professional, well able to pick up on a child's indirect cues. Mary instructs as she washes his hands and face. "If you're done, say so. Food stays ON the tray. ON the tray." Boy is set down to play while Mary tackles the high chair with the damp cloth. (Yes, the same cloth. I cleaned the boy with it first. Hush yourselves.) High chair efficiently swabbed, I turn to get the broom and dustpan for the melon debris and trip over Ki-woon, who is half under the dining room table. Three guesses as to what he's doing down there... Babies. Contrary little critters.

~~~~~~~~~~~~ © 2006, Mary P

17 Comments:

Blogger Kristen said...

He didn't WANT the melons on the TRAY! Come on! It's so much more appetizing off the FLOOR, as everyone knows.

7/27/2006 01:10:00 PM  
Blogger ieatcrayonz said...

Was he doing your taxes?

7/27/2006 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous abogada said...

I agree with Kristen. Thanks for the smile.

7/27/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger lara said...

i really needed that laugh. i can just see him throwing them off the tray in disgust, then, once on the ground, seeing a piece on the floor and thinking, "ooh, a melon!" how quickly they forget. :-P

7/27/2006 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Kelli in the Mirror said...

Sounds a bit like the time my mom put me in a headlock to get me to swallow the half teaspoon of cough medicine I needed, and then when she let me go I grabbed the bottle and drank half of it.

Good times, right?...

7/27/2006 04:15:00 PM  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

Ok, so sometimes Ian will eat vegetables only if he has flung them on the floor first. There must be a spice/flavoring only the floor can give that they like.

7/27/2006 06:48:00 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

It always tastes better that way.

7/27/2006 07:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Not that I'm scrutinizing your housecleaning, or anything, but didn't you know that things are just tastier with a sprinkling of floor debris?? Ha!

7/27/2006 08:21:00 PM  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

Floor leavins---mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

7/27/2006 09:39:00 PM  
Blogger Haley said...

mmm leftunders!

7/27/2006 11:11:00 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

this is one of the few "baby signs" we felt was useful enough to really work on teaching: DONE. We didn't get all that much food throwing - yippee!

7/27/2006 11:51:00 PM  
Blogger appleseed said...

MMMMMM... floor fuzz covered melon! what a tasty variation!

7/28/2006 02:19:00 AM  
Blogger Kat O+ said...

Obviously, the kid knows all about the 30 second rule.

7/28/2006 03:45:00 AM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Haha! I guess that ol' variable sense of time told him he was hungry again too.

Haley - "leftunders" is a perfect new word.

7/28/2006 03:59:00 AM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

I am officially smitten with Ki-woon.

7/28/2006 07:17:00 AM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Crayonz: [she snorts her tea out her nose] Ha! No.

Kari: "OOoh, a melon!" Bwah-ha. That's exactly it.

Jennifer: This house has four to six toddlers in it during workday hours, and two to six teens, an eleven, a twenty, and two adults in it the rest of the time. No avoiding at least SOME floor debris!

Kittenpie: Thing is, he knows how to say both "done" and "down". They sound pretty much exactly the same, but then, when you eat in a high chair, either will work!

KatO+: 30 seconds?? In this place, it's more like 30 minutes, though in practice I try to keep it to three. Minutes.

Sunshine: I am, too. But he leaves the middle of next month. Sniff.

Lady M: "Leftunders" - cute, huh? And exactly right! That word is direct from Sarah's paternal grandpa, the side of the family that does the most playing with words.

Everyone else: Yup, there's just something about the "floor fuzz" that adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the dining experience, that's for sure!

7/28/2006 09:20:00 AM  
Blogger Jenorama said...

*Swoon!*

I love Ki-Woon!

8/01/2006 05:30:00 PM  

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